On Wednesday: We explored the topic of "technology as a companion." We began with a quickwrite to an image.
After students wrote, they discussed their responses and also considered this question: Does technology make us more connected, or does it make us more alone?
Next, we watched a video and read an article on Toyota's new companion robot "Kirobo Mini."
After finishing the article, students wrote about and discussed the following questions:
-Is this shift toward non-living, computerized companions a good thing? Do you think it is healthy?
-Should we invent more devices that do more things for us, or not?
-Do you think robot companions will help people with loneliness or make the situation worse and distance people further from each other?
Your homework is to finish the final draft of the Personal Narrative assignment due Friday.
We began with a quickwrite:
-Does the future of technology bring more fear or excitement to your mind?
-What is some developing technology that is potentially frightening to you?
-What is some developing technology that is exciting to you?
Students discussed their responses. Next, we watched a video and read an article about advanced prosthetics technology that is currently being developed.
Students then responded to the following questions about the article:
-What kind of advancements has this team made in prosthetic technology?
-How many people in the US could benefit from this technology?
-What is an MPL? Explain.
-Why is more work still needed to improve it?
Your homework is attached below. It is due on Wednesday.